Share this entry

ending Syllabification: end·ing
Pronunciation: /ˈendiNG/

Definition of ending in English:


1An end or final part of something, especially a period of time, an activity, or a book or movie: the ending of the Cold War
More example sentences
  • As this is ballet, like opera, there are lots of improbable plot twists before the story concludes with a happy ending.
  • Stories don't normally end in happy endings, but mine did.
  • For Margie and her family, the rescue was a happy ending and the end of a horrible ordeal.
1.1The furthest part or point of something: a nerve ending
More example sentences
  • Sound from a microphone placed near the ear is converted to weak electrical currents that activate auditory nerve endings inside the cochlea in the inner ear.
  • They share many nerve endings and chemical transmitters and, throughout life, the gut remains linked to the brain through a network of nerves and hormonal substances.
  • The epithelium consists of five or six constantly renewing cell layers and nerve endings, which account for corneal sensitivity.
1.2The final part of a word, constituting a grammatical inflection or formative element.
Example sentences
  • The structure of Old English was more like Latin in that words had various inflectional endings to indicate their grammatical function.
  • The real challenge, though, are the word endings.
  • It doesn't have separate words for articles, prepositions, or pronouns, which are indicated by altered word endings.


Old English endung 'termination, completion' (see end, -ing1).

Words that rhyme with ending

impending, microlending, uncomprehending, unoffending, unpretending

Definition of ending in:

Share this entry


What do you find interesting about this word or phrase?

Comments that don't adhere to our Community Guidelines may be moderated or removed.

Get more from Oxford Dictionaries

Subscribe to remove ads and access premium resources

Word of the day fortissimo
Pronunciation: fôrˈtisəˌmō
(especially as a direction) very loud or loudly